Isle of Wight Academy remains No. 1

Published 8:07 am Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Windsor head coach Chuck Parrish had a lot to say about his team’s 56-6 win over Arcadia Friday night. The Dukes finally came home to play after three straight weeks on the road.

“The kids played hard; they played well. It was good to see that we have been on the road for three weeks in a row and it was good to come home. It was nice to play here,” Parrish said.

Parrish said he was able to get some of the younger players into the game because of the lopsided score.

“It was good to get those young kids in and get them some playing time. That’s what helps getting those guys to come in and play. That’s a good learning experience,” said Parrish.

Windsor begins its Tri-Rivers District schedule this week at Charles City. The district will be tough, especially since Charles City has improved and Surry County has played a rough non-district schedule.

“We start our district next week and our district is tough,” Parrish said. “Every week it’s a tough night. We have to get healthy mentally and physically. We just have to keep after it each week.”

Dale Marks also talked about Southampton Academy’s victory over Tidewater Academy, which actually turned out to be a close game for awhile.

Marks said the Raiders were able to cut down on penalties and turnovers. “The only way we were going to stop is if we stopped ourselves such as penalties. Luckily we didn’t have many of those,” he said.

“Turnovers were a real thorn for us last year. I think when you really get down to it last year, other then the fumbled snaps, the fumbles that we had were really a result of having kids at running back that really had not run the ball before.”

Marks said after the Raiders allowed two touchdowns early in the game, they changed defensive coverage.

“We went up against a team that threw all over the field. They didn’t run the ball much and they didn’t really have any success running other then when (Ferley)Yerby got out of the pocket and created runs on his own. Once we went into a little bit different coverage after there first two scores, we shut them down a little more,” Marks said.

The Raiders finish the season against three of the top four teams in the state — Isle of Wight Academy (#1), Quantico (#4), and Blessed Sacrament Huguenot (#3).

Isle of Wight Academy played on Saturday this past weekend, and the Chargers should maintain their No. 1 VISAA Division III ranking with a 34-7 win over Broadwater Academy.

IWA (7-0) has a week off and then has a huge battle with Blessed Sacrament Huguenot at home on October 23.

The Chargers have allowed just 24 points in seven games this season.

Chowan University football picked up its first win of the season, 42-33 over CIAA Western Division foe Livingstone.

The Hawks, known for their passing game, finally found a running attack. J.J. Spates rushed for 117 yards.

Still, quarterback C.J. Westler threw for 352 yards and four touchdowns.

The Hawks finish out the season with three straight home games, including this Saturday at 6 p.m. against Shaw University.

Shaw is 5-1.

Jeffrey J. zeigler is a sports correspondent for The Tidewater News. His e-mail address is